Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics - 43分前  RT

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that his country would not send government officials to the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China next year, following in the footsteps of the United States. Morrison said on Wednesday that it would “come as no surprise that Australia will not be sending any official representatives to the forthcoming Winter Games in China,” citing alleged “human rights abuses in Xinjiang and many other issues that Australia has consistently raised.” “We have been very pleased and very happy to talk to the ...more
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Saudi Royal Guard arrested in France over grisly murder – reports - 6時間前  RT

A former member of the Saudi Royal Guard has been arrested in France on Tuesday on an Interpol warrant, over his suspected role in the high-profile murder in 2018 of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, France’s RTL Radio reported. The 33-year-old man, identified as Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, was detained at Charles de Gaulle Airport near Paris on Tuesday morning as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh, French media said, citing sources. Read more Saudi ex-spy chief warns America: trust in the US is waning ...more
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Man kills family, self ‘for fear of arrest over fake Covid pass’ - 8時間前  RT

A suicide note left by a man in Germany who killed his wife and three kids before taking own life, claims he feared he’d be arrested and his children taken away over a falsified Covid-19 vaccination certificate, investigators say. On Tuesday, German prosecutors revealed possible motives behind a chilling murder case that shocked Germany over the weekend. Five bodies of family members, with gunshot wounds, were found in their house in the town of Koenigs Wusterhausen, not far from Berlin. Read more Germany’...more
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Most children’s classic books are ‘sexist’ & ‘racist' – study - 11時間前  RT

The majority of popular children’s books should be removed from shelves, as they are “outdated,” “sexist,” “racist,” and written from a “white male” perspective, a new study suggests. “The world represented in children’s books reflects predominantly middle class, heterosexual, male heroes and characters,” reads the report of Dr Helen Adam and Laurie Harper from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. According to the research, published recently in The Australian Educational Researcher, 90% of the books read in Australian and US day-care cente...more
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Sudden toad invasion threatens humans and pets - 13時間前  RT

Dozens of volunteers have been collecting highly toxic cane toads in the town of Chaotun in Taiwan in an attempt to contain their spread, while scientists remain puzzled by how these large amphibians found their way into the area. “We hope to minimize the impact brought by the invasive species by collecting them to protect our own local species,” a volunteer from the Taiwan Amphibian Conservation Society, Guava Tsai, told NBC News. Originating from South and Central America, cane toads, whose poison can kill a human if it gets into the eyes or mouth, hav...more
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Move to Western rhythm prompts major UAE switch - 15時間前  RT

Government workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will soon work Monday to Friday, with their weekend on Saturday and Sunday, similar to how the week is organized in many other nations. The regular working hours for federal employees will be 7:30am to 3:30pm, with the exception of Friday, which will be a short working day ending at midday to accommodate for traditional Islamic prayer. The change will “boost productivity and improve work-life balance,” the government said in a statement. The new schedule applies only to federal government workers and ...more
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Facebook sued for $150bn over role in ‘genocide’ - 15時間前  RT

Facebook has been sued over the role it played in a hate-speech campaign that led to the violent persecution of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in Myanmar. The plaintiffs are demanding it pay $150 billion in damages. The social media giant began operating in Myanmar back in 2011. It had been aware “for years” that posts targeting the Rohingya, including those “ordering hits by the Myanmar government,” had been “spreading wildly,” a class action lawsuit filed on Monday in California said, citing an unnamed Facebook employee-t...more
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WHO warns against ‘initially promising’ Covid therapy - 21時間前  RT

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised against using plasma containing Covid-19 antibodies to treat patients with the virus, finding it to be ineffective and a waste of resources. In an advisory published by the BMJ on Monday night, WHO experts warned that “a transfusion of blood plasma from someone who has recovered from covid-19” – known as convalescent plasma therapy – “is not recommended for patients with covid-19.” The organization issued a particularly “strong recommendation” against the therapy for thos...more
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‘Israeli airstrikes’ target Syrian port – state media - 1日前  RT

A port near the city of Latakia, Syria was targeted in an Israeli air raid, Syrian state media reported, with unconfirmed photos of the scene purporting to show a sizable fire erupting just off the Mediterranean coast. Bombs fell on the country’s chief port city, Latakia, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), which added that blasts were heard in the vicinity of the port while dubbing the strikes“Israeli air aggression.” “The Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression with several missiles fr...more
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China responds to US boycott of Beijing Olympics - 1日前  RT

Beijing has shot back after Washington declared a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics, saying American leaders weren’t invited to the event to begin with while blasting the move as “political manipulation.” Asked about the boycott announced by the Joe Biden administration earlier on Monday, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the US, Liu Pengyu, told Reuters that the decision contradicts the “spirit” of the Olympics, though added that it would have no negative effect on the games, set for China in February. “Such a pretentious act...more
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Catholic church sexual abuse must be seen in ‘historical’ context, Pope says - 6時間前  RT

Pope Francis has called for caution in the “interpretation” of a damning report released in October that found as many as 330,000 children may have been sexually abused by clergy and lay members of the Catholic Church in France. The pontiff said on Monday that the “historical situation” must be framed in context when conducting studies that explore incidents dating back decades. The inquiry behind the report, the Independent Commission on Sexual Abuse in the Church (CIASE), examined allegations of sexual abuse of minors in the Catholic church in France f...more
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Amazon down for thousands worldwide - 8時間前  RT

An outage at Amazon Web Services (AWS) is causing cascading problems across the internet, with numerous websites displaying a “bad gateway” error. Downdetector shows problems started shortly after 8am Pacific time. There have been over 20,000 outage reports for the main Amazon site and 11,000 for AWS. The Downdetector heatmap shows the problem is most acute in eastern US. As a lot of web infrastructure uses AWS to operate, outages have been reported on other services, from the McDonald’s app and Disney+ streaming service, to the payment net...more
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EU health agencies advise on how to achieve ‘good levels’ of antibodies - 10時間前  RT

EU health authorities have recommended a “mix-and-match” approach to Covid-19 vaccination, saying that using different jabs during the initial and booster inoculation phases produces “good levels of antibodies.” In a joint statement, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said that “the combination of viral vector vaccines and mRNA vaccines produces good levels of antibodies against the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2) and a higher T-cell response than using the same vaccine (homologous vaccination) whe...more
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Pope likens EU to Nazis over word ‘Christmas’ - 13時間前  RT

Pope Francis has denounced the EU’s attempt to replace the term “Christmas period” with a more-neutral “holiday period,” saying it was a move that some oppressive regime might well have made. The European Commission last week made a U-turn on its language replacement after a public backlash, including from the Vatican. Pope Francis minced no words as he decried, during a flight home from Cyprus and Greece, what he saw as an ill-advised idea. “In history many, many dictatorships have tried to do so,” the Pope was cited as telling journalists. Think of Na...more
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Dozens of ICU medics test positive for Covid-19 after Christmas party - 14時間前  RT

Dozens of hospital workers have tested positive for Covid-19 in Spain after hanging out at a Christmas party, officials have said. Extra shifts and additional staff have been arranged to ensure the ICU continues to operate. More than 170 staffers from the University Regional Hospital in Malaga, a city on Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast, attended a Christmas party on December 1. Regional health authorities confirmed that 68 have since tested positive for Covid-19. Read more Suspected ‘incubator’ ...more
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Germany’s new govt coalition deal finally signed - 15時間前  RT

Germany’s Social Democrats have struck a coalition deal with the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats for the first time in the nation’s history. The former finance minister, Olaf Scholz, is poised to become the next chancellor. The new coalition agreement was sealed on Tuesday, after all three parties’ members voted in favor of it over the weekend. The Greens were the last to release their vote results on Monday. Read more Germany’s choice of new chancellor confirmed Olaf Schol...more
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China seeks 1st naval base in Atlantic – US media - 16時間前  RT

Beijing intends to build its first-ever naval outpost on the Atlantic Ocean, which would allow China to position its warships opposite the West Coast of the US, a media report says. Beijing wants to set up a military base in Equatorial Guinea, a western African country 28,000 square kilometers (1,0810 square miles) in size and with a population of 1.4 million, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said, quoting unnamed US officials with knowledge of classified intelligence reports. China is likely considering building a base in Bata, a city that already has a Chinese-built ...more
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New Zealand explains why it won’t send diplomats to Beijing Olympics - 22時間前  RT

New Zealand will not send its diplomats to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, the country’s deputy prime minister said, explaining that the move is “mostly” motivated by Covid-19 hours after the US declared its own boycott. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson told local media on Tuesday that diplomatic representatives from the island would not attend the Olympics, set for February, noting that decision was conveyed to Beijing back in October. Read more China responds to US boycott of Beijing Olympi...more
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24/7 snitch cam will make your phone more secure, tech giant promises - 1日前  RT

Leading mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm has defended a new always-on feature in the ‘selfie camera’ found in next-gen phones powered by its tech. It says the devices would know “to act different when you’re not looking back.” Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor powers many of the 2022 smartphone models soon to be rolled out in stores, including Sony, Motorola and OnePlus. The company has offered smartphone manufacturers the option to keep the forward-facing selfie-camera always on, so as to constantly be scanning for the owner’s face. It may not be ...more
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Province allows grocers to ban unvaccinated food shoppers - 1日前  RT

Grocery stores in Canada’s New Brunswick province are now allowed to lay down the law with shoppers who aren’t vaccinated against Covid-19: No jab, no food. The provision – which was contained in a “winter action plan” announced by New Brunswick Health Minister Dorothy Shephard on Friday – gives grocery stores, malls and salons the option of either enforcing physical-distancing rules or requiring proof of vaccination to enter their establishments. “With winter comes colder weather, shorter...more
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